Did you know you can virtually eliminate the mosquito population in your yard and neighborhood with a few simple, non-toxic ingredients?
If you didn’t know, those expensive pesticides being fogged into a yard are not only ineffective, but harmful to you, your pets, children, and important insects that protect your trees and flowers.
Female mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, and if we can trick them into this simple trap, we can actually reduce the population by the thousands!
All you need is a bucket, some straw, and BTI mosquito dunks or bits.
Placing straw into a bucket of water will attract more females to lay eggs, as the fermenting straw will multiply the diatoms and algae that mosquito larvae like to eat. You can use plain water or other dried plant matter, but straw or hay works fast.
Add into your bucket a mosquito dunk (or part of one), or mosquito bits. These are made of BTI, a naturally occurring bacterium that kills mosquito larvae. It is only toxic to mosquito, fungus gnats, and flies, so will not harm other wildlife or humans.
As the water gets stagnant and the straw ferments, female mosquitos will lay their eggs in the bucket. Once they develop into larvae, the BTI will kill the larvae. Voila! You’ve just made a population trap, by tricking mosquitos into laying their eggs in your bucket, but they will never turn into adults. Over time, you will slash the mosquito population!
Change out the water, straw, and BTI every month, and if you have rodents like mice, rats, or chipmunks, cover the bucket in chicken wire so they cannot fall in and drown.